PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website of the St. Petersburg Times, has launched PolitiFact Rhode Island in a partnership with the Providence Journal.
It is PolitiFact's fourth state partnership, joining sites in Florida, Texas and Georgia. The Rhode Island site can be accessed at politifact.com/rhode-island.
"We know that the Truth-O-Meter works as well in state and local politics as it does at the national level," PolitiFact editor Bill Adair said. "There are some spirited campaigns in Rhode Island this year, so we know the Truth-O-Meter will be busy."
PolitiFact Rhode Island has the same journalistic approach and reader-friendly design as PolitiFact. It is integrated with the national site and uses PolitiFact's distinctive Truth-O-Meter to rate the accuracy of statements by public officials in the state.
The Rhode Island team will be headed by veteran Providence Journal editor Timothy S. Murphy. It includes staff writers C. Eugene Emery Jr. and Cynthia Needham.
"Politics is a popular spectator sport in Rhode Island," Adair said. "People in Rhode Island are as passionate about politics as they are about the Red Sox."
Neil Brown, the Times' editor, said the Rhode Island partnership continues the St. Petersburg Times' commitment to PolitiFact as a promising new form of journalism.
"We are changing the face of American political journalism, one state at a time," Brown said.
PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2009.